April 18, 2009
Cary, N.C. – After upsetting their fifth opponent of the season yesterday and making just its third semifinal appearance in program history, the No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team (16-7)hit the end of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament road today as it fell to No. 6 Miami, 4-0.
“We came in as the fifth seed and are leaving in the top four,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We are starting to establish the consistency of being one of the best teams in the league and our ACC league is one of the best in the nation. For us to be sitting in the top four of the company we are keeping, that says a lot about the program and where it started. There are a lot of things to take from this weekend.”
The two in-state rivals started battling early beginning with doubles. After Florida State won the first match on court three with Lauren Macfarlane and Noemie Scharle blowing over the Hurricane’s Claudia Wasilewski and Gabriela Mejia 8-1, Miami fought back to win court one as Julia Cohen and Bianca Eichkorn defeated Katie Rybakova and Federica Suess 9-7. Despite putting up a tough fight on court two and pushing Michaela Kissell and Laura Vallverdu of Miami to a tie-breaker, the dynamic duo of Jessica Sucupira and Bonny Davidson fell 9-8 (3) to give the Hurricanes the one point lead into singles.
“We had every opportunity in doubles today and it was the best we have looked all year,” Hyde said. “We had every opportunity to take that point and I do wonder how the rest of he match would have gone if we had. I know it would have given us a tremendous amount of momentum. Unfortunately after we lost that, we went a little bit flat in singles.”
Miami’s second match point came from court four as senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) was overpowered by the Hurricanes’ No. 50 Michaela Kissell 6-3, 6-2.
Court three was also not successful for the Seminoles as co-captain Macfarlane fell to No. 30 Bianca Eichkorn, 6-0, 6-3, to give Miami its third point.
Already being down three points, the Seminoles were unable to push against the Hurricanes’ force as court two was that last match of day featuring Miami’s No. 25 Laura Vallverdu beating Scharle 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the fourth point for the league foe.
“Now its time for us to take some days off and catch our breath after a great, hard fought week,” Hyde added. “We have a lot to look forward to with the NCAA’s next month. May 8th is going to be a big day for us and it’s when we will begin working towards our next set of goals which is to make it to the final site of the NCAA Tournament. I am very confident about the opportunity to host again with our big top 10 win yesterday. The best is still ahead.”
Florida State will head home to rest and recuperate before turning their focus to the NCAA Tournament next month.
#17 Florida State 0, #6 Miami 4
Singles: Order of Finish 4, 3, 2
1. #58 Katie Rybakova (FSU) vs. #4 Julia Cohen DNF
2. #25 Laura Vallverdu def. #42 Noemie Scharle (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
3. #30 Bianca Eichkorn def. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) 6-0, 6-3
4. #50 Michaela Kissell def. Ania Rynarzewska 6-3, 6-2
5. Federica Suess (FSU) vs. Gabriela Mejia DNF
6. Jessica Sucupira (FSU) vs. Claudia Wasilewski DNF
Doubles: Order of Finish 3, 1, 2
1. #13 Kissell/ Vallverdu def. Katie Rybakova/Federica Suess 9-7
2. Cohen/ Eichkorn def. Bonny Davidson/ Jessica Sucupira 9-8 (3)
3. Lauren Macfarlane/ Noemie Scharle def. Wasilewski/Mejia 8-1